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Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns — the WHO vision

Tunkalp et al. Quality of care for pregnant women and newborns — the WHO vision. Article first published online: 1 MAY 2015. DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13451
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'To end preventable maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, every pregnant woman and newborn need skilled care at birth with evidence-based practices delivered in a humane, supportive environment.' 

'Moving beyond 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) envisions a world where 'every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period...'

'Based on the current evidence on burden and impact, the following specific thematic areas have been identified as high priority for this vision:
1 Essential childbirth care including labour monitoring and action and essential newborn care at birth and during the first week;
2 Management of pre-eclampsia, eclampsia and its complications;
3 Management of postpartum haemorrhage;
4 Management of difficult labour by enabling safe and appropriate use of medical technologies during childbirth;
5 Newborn resuscitation;
6 Management of preterm labour, birth and appropriate care for preterm and small babies;
7 Management of maternal and newborn infections.'

'In this vision, WHO will use a QoC improvement strategy, an adaptation of the˜Plan-Do-Study Act' (PDSA) cycle model based on evidence synthesis, best practice and experience.'

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Tunkalp, WM Were, C MacLennan, OT Oladapo, AM Gulmezoglu, R Bahl, B Daelmans, M Mathai, L Say, F Kristensen, M Temmerman and F Bustreo.

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